HomeTVAll My ChildrenFirst Impressions: Cady McClain as The Young and the Restless’ Kelly Andrews (PHOTOS) Daytime Confidential April 18, 2014 23 Comments All My Children and As The World Turns superstar Cady McClain debuted this week as Kelly Andrews (replacing Cynthia Watros) on The Young and the Restless. What were your First Impressions? Check out more photos after the jump! 23 Responses DanMan869 April 18, 2014 McClain and Watros, while both strong performers, have different acting styles. UNLIKE* other recasts where the replacement actor just isn’t strong enough to carry off the role, McClain IS strong enough. Her Kelly will be a little different than Watros’ version, but I have faith that things will work with her in the role. The most jarring difference I’ve noticed so far is that McClain is much shorter than Watros. If that’s my biggest problem, then I know things will be fine. Welcome to Genoa City, Cady! Log in to Reply ajmorgan489 April 18, 2014 I thought that Cady would be better in this role than Watros, but Watros is really the better actress. Cady had zero chemistry with Billy or Jack. At least Watros had tons of chemistry with Peter Bergman but none with David Tom. I do not know David Tom’s work at all but he seems to have zero romantic chemistry with any lead female actresses. Maybe it is time for Billy Abbott to date men! I certainly would be getting it on with Dr. Ben if I were Victoria. Ben is totally manly and hot! Why does Y&R PTB continue to ignore Gina Tognoni. She is Dynamite and should be cast as nuPhyllis or NuKelly. Also, Sharon continues to impress and is fantastic. Log in to Reply TraceyAbbot101 April 18, 2014 I just think that Cady’s performance comes off as “younger” than CW’s did….. more in line with Billy than Jack. Log in to Reply pferrando April 18, 2014 It was only one day, but that first day was jarring for me. There really were no similarities between the two. I would expect a more low key first day, but she came across way too perky and then somewhat uppity. BUT…it has only been one day. So my impression is only based off of that one show. Coming off as younger could work as an advantage if she continues to have scenes with our baby faced David Tom. I really want to see her in some scenes with Ben. We know how she should be acting there. Log in to Reply Pauretajt April 18, 2014 [quote=pferrando]It was only one day, but that first day was jarring for me. There really were no similarities between the two. I would expect a more low key first day, but she came across way too perky and then somewhat uppity. BUT…it has only been one day. So my impression is only based off of that one show. Coming off as younger could work as an advantage if she continues to have scenes with our baby faced David Tom. I really want to see her in some scenes with Ben. We know how she should be acting there.[/quote] Are you serious right now? Cady is younger than CW and she is sober. How jarring is that? You had no complaint with tipsy CW and baby faced Tom then. BTW, CW was there for a minute, she left no lasting impressions. Cady rocks. Emphasis mine. Log in to Reply harlee490 April 18, 2014 Cady is a strong actress proving it on ATWT but it was day one and hard to make assessment. It’s a matter how she settles in Kelly’s shoes and characters connected around her, especially Ben\Billy and chemistry flow as CW w\Jack. Log in to Reply acela April 19, 2014 I’ve always loved Cady, so welcome to Y&R, I have always loved Cynthia also, so when or if her cable show is cancelled, bring her back to Y&R as Phyllis. Log in to Reply ajmorgan489 April 19, 2014 Cady seems to have no chemistry with either Peter or David Tom. However, David seems to have no chemistry with any females other than Jess, his mother. Maybe it is time for Billy Abbott to date men! At least Cynthia Watros seemed to heat up the screen with Peter Bergman. Not sure why Y&R will not snag Gina Tognoni for a leading role. She is dynamite and could play nuKelly or nuPhyllis! Stitch and Victoria are hot. Maybe the love triangle should be Victoria and Billy both after hot Dr. Stitch! Log in to Reply ChrisGa April 19, 2014 CM is a great actress and she showed her range when she played against type as ATWT’s Rosanna Cabot after years of playing increasingly milquetoast Dixie Cooney Martin on AMC. That said, after one day the one thing I can say is that I saw none of the chemistry with Peter Bergman that Cynthia Watros had(and didn’t see any with David Tom either, but then I didn’t think CW had romantic chemistry with DT or Billy Miller so there’s that). It will be interesting to see how she interacts with Stitch and even Victoria. Log in to Reply pjc722 April 20, 2014 I didn’t like her as Kelly. While I think she is a tremendous actress I find her to be a little off putting most of the time. THere has always been a stiffness to her posture when I saw her on AMC and even in these scenes with Summer and Jack I found her wooden. As for Summer now turning into what might be a spoiled teen brat again while spying her “pseudo” dad eyeing Kelly, I am not for it. Either recast Fen or bring the actor on more and give both a teen story. let there be college issues and drama and not adult storylines. Otherwise just age them to 25 and let us believe they are smart. Log in to Reply RebeccaJ April 20, 2014 Hard to get a “first impression” of someone onscreen for about thirty seconds. Kind of like MTS on The Crazy Ones. CBS kept making a big deal about her being on the show. She was on a minute and a half TOPS. Log in to Reply yojoromo4469 April 20, 2014 I liked this lady as Kelly and she looks about 12 years younger, so that makes her more comparable in age to weirdo, Nu Billy. Log in to Reply billcanada April 27, 2014 I like Cady but she doesn’t fit in with the show or the cast. She was great on AMC and ATWT but casting missed the mark on this one as they seem to do a lot. It’s interesting how David Tom was the original Billy Abbott but Billy Miller is much better in the role. Let’s hope Billy Miller gets his head out of the clouds and returns The Y&R. Log in to Reply billcanada April 27, 2014 I like Cady but she doesn’t fit in with the show or the cast. She was great on AMC and ATWT but casting missed the mark on this one as they seem to do a lot. It’s interesting how David Tom was the original Billy Abbott but Billy Miller is much better in the role. Let’s hope Billy Miller gets his head out of the clouds and returns The Y&R. Log in to Reply pferrando April 28, 2014 Miller played a completely differently Billy, and when he took on the role it had become unfocused during recasts after Tom. Tom has a challenge because he now is aged, and so has his character. We loved him as the emotional “young” Billy, but his FACE hasn’t aged. They need to steer him away from anything Miller was involved with previously and again refocus the character. I don’t think pairing him with AH or MCE will ever work. After he settles in and the Adam return happens, they need to think about a future character to pair him up with. Cady is making a mistake, IMO, by coming in and trying to play the role completely different BEFORE we even had all the backstory Watros was fleshing out. It’s really like a different person. I would have rather they just wrote Kelly out, hoping for a Watros return, and if they needed to, bring Cady in as her sister or something. The old portrayal worked, so far hers isn’t. Log in to Reply FoxCrane May 1, 2014 She’s like a totally different character, so I haven’t made up my mind yet. Plus, I need to stop staring at her frozen forehead, which never moves. Log in to Reply pferrando May 2, 2014 So maybe we can get Watros back as Phyllis? Log in to Reply ChrisGa May 2, 2014 ^^^Yeah, that would be a total no-brainer; I think she’d kill as Phyllis(and we know she already has the chemistry with Peter Bergman). Of course, when Jill Farren Phelps is involved the word “no-brainer” takes on a whole new meaning…. Log in to Reply alstonboy4315 May 12, 2014 Cady is a good actress, but Cynthia’s leaving left a whole in my heart that Cady can’t fix…………. :~ :~ Log in to Reply pferrando May 13, 2014 ^^^ Yes. Cady as an actress = A Cady as Kelly = Incomplete Log in to Reply Lindiana Jones May 15, 2014 I don’t watch Y&R but I have to say… I am glad that both Cady McClain and her real life husband Jon Lindstrom (Kevin, GH) found jobs on the West Coast. I have watched Jon as Kevin/Ryan for years, of course, but I also enjoyed watching him and Cady on the late and often missed As The World Turns. It was such a joy for me to see Maura West in my PC. And then Roger Howarth whom I know is famous for OLTL but I enjoyed him for many years on ATWT as well. Now if only TPTB at GH could see their way into casting Michael Park, my life would pretty much be complete. Log in to Reply shmotis May 15, 2014 Love her , welcome to Y&R Log in to Reply Cyberologist May 20, 2014 CM is no big deal to me thus far; the character is different so its still too early to tell what she’ll bring to the table. I don’t see any overwhelming chemistry with Jack much of it is they are getting the writing which helps but I’d like to see what her storyline will entail outside of this romantic setup. I liked Watros’ Kelly she was more gritty and it worked for me. CM’ frozen face isn’t helping…. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.